How nursery places are allocated

Find out what happens after you apply for a nursery place. The process differs depending on the type of facility you apply for:

Council nurseries

How we allocate places at council nurseries depends on a number of factors such as your situation, your child's age and your chosen nursery:

  • Priority 1 - eligible 2 year olds
  • Priority 2 - children with delayed entry from primary one
  • Priority 3 - 3 and 4 year old with additional support needs
  • Priority 4 - children returning to the same facility
  • Priority 5 - 4 year olds from the local children's services network
  • Priority 6 - 3 year olds from the local children's services network with a sibling already in the facility
  • Priority 7 - 3 year olds from the local children's services network
  • Priority 8 - children whose childcare is within the local children's services network
  • Priority 9 - other eligible children residing in Aberdeenshire
  • Priority 10 - children residing outside Aberdeenshire

Confirming places

We will send you a letter confirming your child's place based on where places are available. If there are no places available at your first choice, the letter will tell you if your child has been accepted at your second or third choice. 

The date that we send these letters depends on when your child is due to start nursery but we will always let you know a few month before their start:

  • start in August, letter is sent in March
  • start in January, letter is sent in September
  • start in April, letter is sent in December

The confirmation letter will include a response slip. You will need to return it to us to either accept or decline the offer. If you don't do this, we will assume your child no longer needs a place. 

Find out more about early learning admissions.

Private nurseries and playgroups

If your child is due to start at a private nursery or playgroup, they will get in touch with you directly. Please contact them to find out about their admission process.

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